Outward Bound Canada’s Passages courses for boys are developed in recognition that boys today often do not experience a clear rite of passage that takes them into adulthood. As a result, boys often struggle to define their evolving identity – feeling lost, uncertain and frustrated in the process. This course will help them take charge of their lives and realize what they are capable of. Each experience begins with a physical journey – stepping out of the comforts of day-to-day routines and into an environment that may be very new, adventurous and exciting, but also foreign and uncertain. Facing these changes helps to bring out new perspectives. Using the challenges of the course as a starting-point, our skilled instructors will teach these young boys how to transfer the skills learned from the course to their lives at home. These important life skills include caring for oneself, taking responsibility for their choices, expressing their needs and opinions with confidence, and working with others.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
Each participant’s journey begins when they meet their group in Huntsville, Ontario. From there, the route will take them into the less-traveled interior of Algonquin Provincial Park, where they will find scenic lakes, challenging portages, rocky campsites, and abundant wildlife.
Designed for boys with or without prior camping or canoeing experience, this course will teach wilderness travel techniques and navigation, backcountry cooking, flatwater canoeing, water safety, minimal impact camping, camp-craft and wilderness safety. This journey also includes a 24-hour solo experience where each participant will prove their skills while being supervised (from a distance!) by our experienced instructional team. Often described as the most transformative part of the experience, their solo experience will give them the chance to reflect on earlier conversations from the expedition, absorb important realizations about themselves, and leave behind anything that will no longer serve them going forward.
To learn how fit one needs to be for an Outward Bound Canada course, click here. To learn more about our high school credit click here. This course qualifies as a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Adventurous Journey (including preliminary training, practice and qualifying journey). For more info visit the Duke of Ed website here.
FUNDING & SUPPORT
Outward Bound Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our goal is to increase the ability of Canadian residents to access Outward Bound Canada’s impactful programs. In order to support this goal, Outward Bound Canada offers funding designed to assist participants and their families with financial barriers to participation. If you would like to learn more, please visit our Fund Your Adventure page.